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2014-07-16 20:24:50

VANCOUVER, July 16, 2014 /CNW/ - UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) ("UrtheCast" or "the Company") is very pleased to announce that pursuant to its agreement with NanoRacks, LLC it plans to dramatically expand its Earth Observation data stream by operating state-of-the-art sensors on the NASA segment of the International Space Station (ISS). The installation of the sensors further enhances UrtheCast's market leadership for Space Station-based Earth Observation (EO). The Company intends to...

Satellites Used To Watch For Shifting Land
2014-06-23 03:51:37

ESA Subsidence, rockfalls and landslides threaten potentially devastating human and economic consequences across Europe – but satellites can help. Traditional monitoring such as photographic mapping to measure changes in the landscape works well for specific locations but is labor intensive and costly. Now, ESA has looked at using satellites to watch for hazards across broad areas that could affect road and rail networks. The outcome is so promising that the resulting monitoring...

NASA's Landsat 8 Project Officially Handed Over To USGS Control
2013-05-31 08:48:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA´s Landsat 8 mission will continue under the control of the US Geological Survey (USGS), after a ceremony in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Thursday officially saw the reins being handed over from one agency to the other. "Landsat is a centerpiece of NASA's Earth Science program," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in a statement from Washington. "Landsat 8 carries on a long tradition of Landsat satellites that for more...

2013-01-11 11:32:45

NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is scheduled to launch Feb. 11 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission, LDCM will add to the longest continuous data record of Earth's surface as viewed from space. LDCM is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series, which began in 1972. The mission will extend more than 40 years of global land observations that are critical in many areas, such as energy and water management, forest...

2012-12-05 15:38:58

NASA and the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) presented the 2012 William T. Pecora awards for achievement in earth remote sensing to Gilberto Camara of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research and Leung Tsang of the University of Washington in Seattle. Camara was recognized for his contributions to remote-sensing leadership as a scientist, program director, manager and agency head. Tsang is one of the world's leading experts on the theory of microwave remote...

IGARSS 2012 Comes To An End
2012-07-27 10:25:16

The largest ever conference on geoscience and remote sensing comes to an end after a week of exchanging ideas, identifying research trends and discussing the latest developments in observation techniques. This year´s International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium — IGARSS 2012 — was held in Munich, Germany. Jointly organised by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, the DLR German Aerospace Center and ESA, IGARSS saw more than 2600 participants from 67...

Spotlight on Sentinel-2
2012-05-07 03:19:57

The vast potential of ESA´s upcoming Sentinel-2 satellites came into focus last week at a symposium in Italy on how they will benefit current and future projects that exploit Earth observation data. The humid and moist tropical climate of Gabon yields immense forests that cover over 85% of the land, making them the number-two driver of the national economy — and deforestation a subject of concern. The GMES project on Forest Monitoring Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and...

Satellites Stay Current On Ocean Currents
2012-05-04 03:09:15

Satellites offer a frequent overview of our entire planet — covered mostly by water — and provide valuable data to monitor and understand global ocean circulation. Understanding water currents at the ocean surface is important for many applications. Ocean surface currents have long fascinated oceanographers as they work to understand the role of oceans in the Earth system and how they affect our climate. Measurements of ocean surface currents are fundamental to a number of...

2012-03-26 09:12:19

Earth-observing satellites can map natural phenomena such as floods and earthquakes, track hurricanes and monitor land subsidence across the globe. This information can be valuable to insurance companies for risk and damage assessment. Information obtained by satellite observations can save money and make the insurance industry more efficient. As the insurance industry confronts new challenges — like dealing with climate change — it is likely that Earth observation will...


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